Energetikum – Living Lab

Try it  – test it – top it!

The Energetikum serves as so-called living lab; this means that research is done while the building is actually being used on an everyday basis. In order to further develop regenerative energy systems we need an intelligent network that connects the producer/provider with the user and innovative storage technologies. As such, the building of the future holds a special place as energy provider and energy storage. This is where the Energetikum comes in. The building allows for the continuous development of individual technologies such as solar or photovoltaic, heat pump systems, storage technologies, etc. and inter-system control strategies under consideration of real user behaviour.

To this end the Energetikum contains a hydrogen-based laboratory for energy storage systems, a laboratory for the latest in air-conditioning and a management simulation lab. Therefore, the Energetikum is of interdisciplinary interest to scientists and covers building and energy technology and well as health topics.

Energetikum receives klimaaktiv award.

In 2015 the office complex „Energetikum“ which is run by Forschung Burgenland in Pinkafeld, received the klimaaktiv award in bronze. The BMLFUW marks buildings that are especially energy efficient and that feature high quality in terms of planning, construction and building materials, as well as comfort and ambient air quality. This is where the „Energetikum“ comes in. It is designed to act as living lab, which means that research is done while the building is used as every day office space

The building as an energy storage

The building of the future will comprise intelligent and efficient energy storage functions and thus contribute decisively to the energy turnaround. The Energetikum in Pinkafeld offers the required research infrastructure to push the development. 

The continued development of regenerative energy systems requires an intelligent connection between energy provision, storage and distribution. This requires new and cost-efficient solutions. Sooner or later the building of the future will have to take over short- and long-term storage of wind and PV-power. Single technology solutions (e.g. electro-chemical storage) cannot be expected for ecological and economic reasons, neither on a short-term, nor on a long-term basis. A promising alternative form approaches based on synchronized and comprehensively optimized overall system solutions that turn the building into an energy storage facility. This requires in-depth knowledge about the dynamic behaviour of thermally active building components. Heat pump systems, geothermal exchange systems, solar hybrid collectors, fuel cells for power-to-gas-to-power applications etc. Also, we lack communication models between buildings and the energy provider that are reduced to the bare minimum (e.g. simple load-shedding systems via one-way communications with the network provider by purposeful use of thermally active storage capacities) and intelligent predictive controller strategies.

The Forschung Burgenland project „AdvancedEnergyStorage4Buildings“ contributes to the solution and continuous development of this research task. The Energetikum in Pinkafeld was equipped with a test stand for an outdoor geothermal exchange system, a fuel cell and more.

This turns the Energetikum into an ideal environment for research, technology and innovation and teaching.

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